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Since launching in 2008, Genesis has supported more than 1,000 University of Sydney alumni, students and staff to accelerate their commercial and social enterprises. At the beginning of 2020, there were around 200 startups actively engaged in the Genesis program.
Each semester, we accept the best startups from across the university community. Successful startup teams gain one-on-one access to industry mentors and advisors, a database of entrepreneurship resources, networking events and media exposure.
The Genesis program culminates in the Finale, where finalist teams present their progress for the chance to receive $25,000 equity-free funding and a range of bespoke coaching and support opportunities.
Gain valuable exposure and media support
A chance to receive $25,000 equity-free funding
Unrestricted access to a wide network of experienced mentors
Make use of the University's employment and entrepreneurship resources
Attend masterclasses, coaching sessions and alumni events
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The winner of the final pitch night will be awarded an equity free cash prize of AUD $25,000 as well as ongoing support from Genesis.
Genesis is open to the University of Sydney's alumni, staff and students. You can join as an individual or as a team as long as at least one of the founders is University of Sydney alumni, staff or student.
Any student, staff or alumni of USYD can apply solo or engage a team of like-minded individuals. Refer to the program criteria below for team size and eligibility.
You'll be guided through the application process which includes creating your personal and startup profiles.
The application will require you to answer questions about your business and we’re asking you to submit a short (two minutes maximum) video of you and your team talking to camera covering the following;
Video quality is not important, we just want to see and hear you present your startup to us.
Applications open on the 26th of July and close on the 26th of August. We'll notify you if you've been successful in gaining a place in the program!
Yes, you can enter more than one idea.
Yes, you can enter by yourself; teams can be of any size. However, teams are typically composed of two to four people. You can still make changes in your team during the workshops phase; however, any changes made after your original team agreement will require a revised signed team agreement (that is, you must have a signed team agreement in place that corresponds to your current team).
Yes. In fact, Genesis is open to anyone including undergraduates, postgraduates, post doctorates, lecturers, alumni and staff.
Team leaders must be a current student, alumni or staff member of the University of Sydney. Other team members can be external to the University.
Genesis is open to entrants from any industry. It doesn't matter if you're developing a new piece of technology to sell globally or a new local retail concept. If you've got an idea you want to bring to life, we want you to enter!
Yes! Successful entrants in Genesis are at the cutting edge of innovation. Often this means HDR students. If you've been wondering how to commercialise your research, entering Genesis will provide you with valuable experience and connections.